Headteacher: Mrs Anita Whitehurst BA (hons), PGCE, NPQH
Tel: 01767 680692


Admissions – Nursery

Children are admitted to the Nursery in our Early Years Foundation Stage the term

after their third birthday. Since September 2010 St Swithun’s has been offering

flexible Nursery places to all children.

We will admit children to our Nursery waiting list from birth (registration form available

below). We will write to you in the term prior to your child’s start date asking if you

still require their place and asking for your preference of sessions.

Prior to starting the EYFS, we will arrange for you to visit the EYFS with your child to

introduce them to staff and their new surroundings. At this meeting we will will set a

start date and arrange for two members of staff to visit the family home to see the

child in their own setting, this helps to promote good home/school relationships & ease

your child’s settling into school.

If your child starts mid way through a term home visits may not always be possible.

Flexible Nursery places mean that your child will be able to have a maximum of five

nursery sessions (it can be less than five) spread out over the week, as you wish

(depending on availability). For example, you could have five sessions made up of Monday

am and pm, Tuesday am and pm and Wednesday am. You would also be able to take

advantage of the lunchtime session, enabling your child to stay at school all day.

Alternatively, you could opt for five mornings or five afternoons.

If you do opt for your child to attend school for lunch they will need to either bring a

packed lunch or have school dinners (£1.80 per day).

We also offer parents the chance to “top up” their Nursery sessions with paid places at

a cost of £10 per session. These places are limited and subject to availability, places may

not be available throughout the year depending on places offered to children on our

waiting list. Places must be booked and paid for in advance via the school office.

Admission to our school Foundation Unit at age 3 does not guarantee your child a place in

our reception class. Applications for a place in our reception class must be made

through the Local Authority.

For further details or to book a tour of the school please contact the school office.

Nursery Place Registration Form



Admissions –  Reception

Children are normally admitted to lower school at the start of the reception year, that

is the school year in which they become 5. Parents of children due to be admitted to

school at this time will be required to complete the local authority application form or

apply online.

The application process for children Starting School in September usually opens in Mid

October and the closing date for receipt of applications on or around the 15 January.

Places will be allocated by April in the year of commencement of the child’s reception


Central Bedfordshire Council will provide the school with a supply of application forms

during October and posters will be displayed around the school showing the closing date

for application forms. It is recommended that parents apply online for school places.

Children joining the Reception class at St Swithun’s start full time in the September of

each year. We like to make home visits to children joining Reception even if they have

been attending nursery, arrangements will be made for these visits during the summer


Link to Central Bedfordshire Starting School 2017 Admissions Page


Admissions – Main School

Applications for places in year groups other than reception or at other times of the year

should be made to the school office. The Headteacher will speak to prospective parents

regarding their child’s transfer to St Swithun’s and arrange for them to visit the


Admissions in year are also co-ordinated by the local authority and a application form or

online request must be completed. Your child may start at St Swithun’s once approval

has been received from the local authority. Further information is available from the

link below.

Link to Central Bedfordshire Transfer to Middle 2017 Admissions Page



Instant news

Places available in current Reception class - please call the School Office on 01767 680692

Friday 14th July
Celebration Assembly - 9.15am - all welcome
Swimming - Yrs 3 & 4 (last one this term)
PTA Film Club - Rec to Yr 4.

Monday 17th July

Tuesday 18th July

Wednesday 19th July
No Toy Library
6pm Joseph

Thursday 20th July
Yr 4 Prom - 6pm-8pm

Friday 21st July
Celebration Assembly - 9.15am - ALL WELCOME